Winter minestrone with pesto croûtes

Winter minestrone with pesto croûtes

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Keep the winter out and warmth in with nutritious minestrone and pesto croûtes

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
274
protein
13g
carbs
28g
fat
13g
saturates
3g
fibre
8g
sugar
12g
salt
2.56g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 100g unsmoked lardons or chopped streaky bacon
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 1 medium potato, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or crushed
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1l vegetable stock (from granules or a cube)
  • 2 tsp chopped sage leaves, or 1 tsp dried
  • few cabbage leaves, shredded
  • 400g can haricot beans
  • handful chopped parsley

For the pesto croutes

  • slices of crusty bread
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp pesto

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Method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan, add the onion and lardons or bacon and fry for about 5 mins until the onion is starting to brown. Tip in the carrots, celery, potato and garlic, stir well and cook for a few minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, stock and sage, and bring to the boil, stirring. Reduce heat to simmer and cook partly covered for 30 mins, stirring in the cabbage after 15 mins. Drain and rinse the beans and add to the pan with the parsley. Season and serve with pesto croûtes, see right, or crusty bread.
  3. For the pesto croûtes: Cut 3-4 slices of crusty bread into chunks, about 2cm thick. Tip into an ovenproof pan. Mix the olive oil and pesto, then add to the bread, tossing it with your hands until the croûtes are evenly coated. Bake in a moderate oven for about 10 mins until crisp.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2006

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ossie70's picture
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This was a great soup for all the family. My children loved the pesto croutes.

joandsteve's picture

Really tasty, loved the hint of bacon but not so sure about the shredded cabbage !

stuie88's picture
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Excellent soup, a big bacth of which kept us going for a couple of days when we were snow bound!

itsnice's picture
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I forgot the garlic (!?), and took took half the mix out - blended - and put it back in again. tried doing the croutons with anchovy pesto (it was on offer) - it was awesome. will def do it again (maybe with garlic this time)!

hannahq_2006's picture
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Very tasty soup. Everyone loved it!

rozzi36's picture

Ah, what a great smell in the house tonight :)I'm making this for my parents (lentil soup lovers) as their cooker's broke. I know they're gonna love it along with the croutons.

I kept the smokey bacon slices whole and took them out when done and chopped them up to add with croutons when serving, warmed and sprinkled with parmeasan. I put a big spoonful of sundried tomato pesto into soup a big squirt of tomato puree, some broken spaggetti then pureed about 4 ladel fulls of the veg from the bottom. This helped give it a bit more depth. I used the sundried pesto on the croutons with some garlic salt.

Many thanks for a great, repeatable recipe
Ireland

kayteemac's picture
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delicious delicious delicious! I changed the recipe a little to suit our tastes and my diet! I swapped the potato for swede and didnt add any bacon or the haricot beans! I also didnt have any cabbage so added green beans instead! The soup was thick, filling and nutritious! Will certainly be making it again!

jodiec's picture
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Just made this, very yummy indeed. Used mixed beans in mild chilli sauce as was all I had - very delicious! Also left off pesto as didn't fancy it with strong flavours of soup. Not sure kids would eat it, but that's ok with me. I'm wasn't offering to share!

foodie64mum's picture
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A really delicious soup which the whole family loved. Next time I might add some tiny pasta shapes 10 mins before the end as my daughter complained that it wasn't a PROPER minestrone without pasta! It reheats very well.

pixieloveheart's picture
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Absolutely delicious, we have this all the time although I don't bother with the croutons and just serve with crusty bread.

sallywerry's picture

First rate!
Weekly special now. I vary the meat with beef, chicken and bacon all are very tasty and nutritious.

little_alien's picture

awesome soup make it weekly. only 2 of us so we get a couple of lunchs as well :)

lilithspain's picture
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Brilliant! Me and my sister were sorted for lunches for work for days! Very tasty!

cath3rin3's picture

A really tasty winter warmer. I adapted the recipe for what I had in the pantry - leek instead of celery, mini pasta bows instead of the beans, but it came out lovely all the same. Made loads too. Thanks for another lovely, healthy and cheap recipe which is going to be a family favourite!

katalat's picture

I also found the colour lacking and whilst it was very nice I wouldn't say it is the best I have tasted. It also seems like there are alot more than four portions.
Perhaps if I had blended the tomatoes and used less water in the stock? I suppose I could have also cut the vegetables smaller. Has anyone had success with this?

brendabel18's picture

looks fanstic on the picture, but I defy anyone to get the deep rich colour from 1 tin of tomatos. I was dissapointed with the look of the soup, but it tasted ok

laurenwilson's picture
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This is a great recipe, I make it very week now. I replace the bacon with a big dollop of marmite, its really good and healthy which is a bonus!

leamac83's picture
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Yummy and filling! I too left out the potato and added some mini macaroni at the end which made it the perfect filling lunch.

pudding06's picture
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very nice minestone. i did make some changes though,,,,,, I left out the potato and added some broken spaghetti at the end. also served it with garlic bread as i had no pesto.
Also stirred in some freshly grated parmesan too at the end.

sandrusza's picture
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A lovely thick soup. I used a small can of tomatoes and a small carton of passata which made it really smooth. I also used Leek instead of cabbage and added a courgette. Really tasty.

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